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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/6] drivers:misc: sources for Init manager module
--- On Wed, 24/3/10, Marcel Holtmann <marcel@holtmann.org> wrote:
> From: Marcel Holtmann <marcel@holtmann.org>
> Subject: Re: [PATCH 4/6] drivers:misc: sources for Init manager module
> To: "Pavan Savoy" <pavan_savoy@yahoo.co.in>
> Cc: "Greg KH" <gregkh@suse.de>, "PavanSavoy" <pavan_savoy@ti.com>, "alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk" <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>, "linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
> Date: Wednesday, 24 March, 2010, 9:41 PM
> Hi Pavan,
>
>
> > I wanted to somehow put this in staging because then
> it would probably have a thorough architectural review
> process.
> > Some details about this driver -
> >
> > 1. This driver will be used by Bluetooth-BlueZ/FM-V4L2
> and GPS (probably character device driver) using the
> EXPORTED symbols (-register/_unregister).
> >
> > 2. Much like the hciattach daemon which maintains
> N_HCI bluetooth line discipline, this driver will also have
> a User-Space  N_TI_WL Init manager (UIM) maintaining
> the Line discipline.
>
> can you explain why you think this is needed and we can not
> interface
> this directly. If it is a serial port, what protocol does
> it talk?

Illustration: The BT driver on top of this ST driver, would create a hci0 interface, when someone does an DEVUP on that interface, the BT driver would then do a st-register - which in-turn would ask the hciattach-like daemon to install the line discipline for it via the sysfs entry.
The same concept goes for FM-V4L2 and GPS character driver.

The core of the problem is we cannot ask/install/ldisc_put for a line discipline from kernel space.

>
> > 3. Because of the UIM should know when to
> install/uninstall line discipline, the /sys entry is created
> a root called UIM (a new kobject) and UIM daemon would write
> it's PID to it.
>
> I don't understand this. This sounds like a broken concept
> to me.

Yes, I don't feel good about it either. But how do I request for a line discipline from kernel space ?
Currently a daemon has to run in user-space to maintain the ldisc, at all times, and I don't want to open TTY @ boot, and install Ldisc (tiocsetd) on it, without BT/FM or GPS core on chip being used - The Power Management team here would beat me up if I do that,
and hence the very dumb idea of passing the PID of the daemon via sysfs entry, and the driver sending SIGUSR2 to that PID, daemon doing a tiocsetd upon that signal.

>
> > 4. As Alan suggested, If I make it self-contained by
> pushing number of line disciplines to a slightly larger
> number, then would it be OK ?
>
> Just from a quick look, I think within a few review cycles
> this might be
> able to get proper upstream inclusion. No idea why bother
> with staging
> in the first place. Lets do this correctly.
>

The only reason I wanted this to be in staging was to have sort of continuous review process, and in hope the driver wouldn't be forgotten.

> Regards
>
> Marcel
>
>
>


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